A few peeps have asked me about my eyebrows and how I fill them in. Long story short, I probably watched a youtube video or two on how to fill them in and the rest is history! Many beauty videos are not necessarily my style (aka I am impatient) but I watched a few to get an idea of what I liked. I wanted them to feel full but still look fresh and natural. I am all for a bold brow but I was definitely not wanting a chunky brow that didn't balance with my face. I remember having razor thin eyebrows in high school (#blessed they grew back) and my spanish teacher asked me what happened to them. Cool. Mortified, I just told her that's how they were and she told me "Quit plucking them and let them grow out!". Again, v cool. Loved that journey for me as a junior in high school.
I obvi started to grow out my eyebrows after that. I remember during the awkward phase of letting them grow back (this was before I knew about any type of makeup product that could help me out during this time) I had a shoot scheduled for some acting head shots. I insisted to the makeup lady I was growing out my eyebrows and so she drew them in - HORRIBLY by the way - and it was an awful experience. Not great for my high school age morale. When we got the pictures back, even my mom was like "uhhhhh.....no......they look fine........." #badliar. They looked like thin, brown, creepy caterpillars crawling across my chubby baby face.
What I began to learn about the magical ~eyebrow~ was that if you allow your natural eyebrows to just be, they are the perfect compliment to your face. I know that might sound silly and #duh, but it's amazing what a nice set of natural eyebrows can do to a person! That's the way God made them! Why are we attacking them?! To be determined.
I definitely still keep them groomed - aka just under the outer brow and anything in between the two brows, but other than that, I just let them do their thing! They don't match, they still need a little fill in (in my opinion) so I really like the simple fill in or brush thru before heading out the door. It took some practice and they are not perfect everyday, but I just try to accentuate their natural shape and color with a little guidance and two fab products.
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I've been meaning to get a living room tour video up on my YouTube channel for a while now and I'm sorry it is taking so long! Daniel helped me film it two weeks ago but I'm just not a fan of the footage. I was super frustrated, sweaty and just didn't have fun filming it. SO silly, but true. I'll try and re-film it super soon so you guys can have a peak into our home and see a little bit more about our style! In the mean time, I'm sharing with you a little before and after of our entry way! It took me a while to really figure out what I wanted in this space and after playing a little bit in Photoshop (see below!), I snagged a little inspiration and direction to take this space in.
As you can see, we have this small wall space between our front door and tv set up. I liked the idea of an entry way table (the little, short babe you see in that picture above wasn't going to cut it!) but I never found anything I loved and wasn't sure I wanted a small table here. To me, it could have easily ended up looking cluttered. No thanks, ha! That's when I moved over to the idea of a mirror. I love how mirrors can really open up a space and add a "flair" depending on the mirror you find. I loved this super simple, mid-century modern style mirror from Target for only $50. I liked that it would anchor the space a little bit and also be convenient when on the go!
We have soooooooo many small frames and pictures that we've collected over the years but I wasn't loving what I had leftover to choose from to fill in this wall. I did, however, love the idea of a big ol' green beauty to give this space some movement and feel bright, open and easy. The big guy we ended up purchasing at Home Depot was only $50 (or less, I can't remember!) and is super, SUPER big compared to what I had in mind - but I still love him. He does a great job at being a plant, hahaha. So without further ado....
This super cutie flamingo hook makes me smile every time I see it! And I have two! One here in the entryway and one by our backdoor for our car keys. I snagged each for $9 from Jenny Grumbles of Uptown Country Home. To accessorize them with something neutral but still fun, I threw on a few of my favorite $2 thrift store finds. I don’t wear these wooden bead necklaces often and I loved how they added a different shape to this area but still felt natural enough to go with the other décor items.
I have only one hat in my wardrobe - ha! - aside from turban style beanies that can be folded and put away. I've seen tons of what I like to call “hat walls” where people have styled an entire wall with hung up hats. V cute! But like I said, I have one. I thought this $20 Nordstrom Rack hat was a cute little accessory for the entryway to make it feel homey and lived in.
These brass candle stick holders were kind of a last minute “let me try putting these here” situation, and I love it! They were used in our wedding and I will keep them forever. They need to be spruced up a bit (some melted wax still sits on there!) but I liked them next to our big ol’ plant dude. P.S. yes, I took these pics while our plant friend wasn't properly moved into his pot. Sorry.
I hope you guys found a little inspiration from this! Home style is so personal and it's so much fun to see how everyone's different taste can really reflect who they are. I've heard so many times that if you are worried about everything in your home coming together and "matching", don't stress. If you genuinely love the pieces you curate, your home will look perfectly you.
Man, oh man... Do I love a good thrift haul. Nothing beats treasure hunting for hours (or even 15 minutes) at a thrift / vintage store and walking away with the coolest finds. I've compiled a few newbies to my thrifted closet and home in this video. I frequent my thrift store often so these finds (plus a few from Canton!) are from over the course of May and June. I'm so excited to share them with you! A little fashion, a little home decor, a little accessorizing... I'm excited to incorporate these thrifted finds into my wardrobe and home decor! FEELIN' JAZZED.
Happy Friday, friends! In this video I show you how to make three really cool, Anthropologie inspired jewelry pieces with just a few items from your craft closet. I upcycled a satin robe belt to make the bracelet/choker really pop with my DIY’d oven baked clay ring wrapped in simple embroidery thread. The earrings were both super easy to shape up - and I LOVE that they are NOT perfect! A simple wrap and tie of strong quilting thread was all I needed to make sure the handmade tassels and earring hooks attached to the earrings. It's so much easier than it looks! I just wrapped and wrapped until I like the way it looked and secured the earring hooks and tassels! I hope you enjoy this easy tutorial! What is your favorite modern boho style jewelry? I have a feeling these minimal jewelry pieces of stone and tassel earrings are going to be worn all summer long! So lightweight and summery!
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I'm going to be super honest. Some days filming videos for my channel feels soooooo natural and others feel forced, weird or like a total fail. Sometimes I go to edit a video and I'm like "what the heck am I even doing this for???". But then there are the fun videos - like this one. The music is perfect, the footage we got was pretty fun and overall, I'm stoked to have a video memory of my life in this moment. I can't even tell you guys how many times I can go from one extreme to the other of "yes, do you boo, I'm creating something from nothing and I am proud!" to "honestly what is this even for and how many people make fun of me for doing YouTube?". I know the latter is like "geez louise, calm yoself" but like, hello - I'm human.
I would love to consistently live the advice I give to my friends, siblings and husband. I tell them to “do you boo, don’t care what anyone thinks, do what makes you happy, you have so much to offer, keep going, rock that red lipstick, wear that outfit, be confident, you are amazing, valued, loved, and you are trying”. But I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t experience self doubt. I do try and work to not focus on those rough patches but it’s really easy to get stuck in my head about all the negatives that come with creating something from nothing. But, on the other hand, the joy I receive from finishing a video I am proud of, creating a graphic that I like and even simply accomplishing these things, is pretty great.
I’m only telling you guys this so that you know that just because I make videos, post on this blog, use all the #hashtags on my Instagram and work on growing my ~creative flow~… I still feel silly and I can more often than not, doubt everything. Am I good enough? Am I embarrassing myself? Is this silly? The things we put on the internet- the perfectly edited image, the happy videos, the blog posts… those things are beautiful, fun and lighthearted - but there is also a real person behind all of it. A real, insecure, and vulnerable person.
I tell you all these things because I hope you find encouragement from this. You can do anything you set your mind to. If you want to try making videos, start a blog, post pretty pictures on Instagram and join that creative and aspiring community, you totally can. And you will more than likely experience feeling down about yourself after scrolling too deep in someone’s perfectly laid out Instagram feed or how amazingly edited "so and so's" YouTube video’s are but at the end of the day, creating something from nothing is pretty impressive and if you are proud and it brings you joy, then do you, boo. This creative world is open to everyone and the amount of fulfillment I receive from this, even through the seasons of doubt, is incredible. I invite everyone to just freakin’ go for it. Do you, don’t worry what people think about you and pursue things that bring you joy. You have so much to offer, you are valued, you are made in the image of God and you can be a creative being in this world full of creative beings.
And that’s pretty beautiful.
P.S. I made a new video - it’s silly, it’s us. It’s something I am proud of and something that brings me joy. I hope it brings you joy, too ;)
I'm Alyssa, thanks for stopping by! A few things: I enjoy laughing, making youtube videos and thrift shopping. Currently listening to "Everything Now" by Arcade Fire. I like my coffee black and my preferred method of maxin' & relaxin' is with my husband and pup.